Bernice Sims

Born December 25, 1926
Lives Brewton, Alabama

Bernice is the true definition of a "memory painter". Through her work, she keeps alive the way of life she grew up with, as well as the struggle for civil rights. Bernice worked registering black voters in Southern Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement. She was in Selma, Alabama on the day of the march on Edmund Pettis Bridge.

Much of her work reflects these memories, from police turning dogs loose on protesters to the night she was chased by a pickup truck filled with hooded Klansmen.

"Bradlee Street" (1990)
There's a gentler side to Bernice's work, and many of her paintings are of scenes of rural life in the South. Her paintings frequently show farming scenes, or religious memories. Bernice's health hasn't been that great as of late, and since having a knee replaced, she has a hard time getting around. Despite her physical struggles, Bernice exudes an air of quiet dignity. She's lived through fascinating times, and through her paintings, she can share those experiences with others.
"Fishinng" (framed in old cabinet door)


Vollis Simpson
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